Gig Review: Mitchell Museum/White Heath

Mitchell Museum/White Heath, Electric Circus, Edinburgh; August 12, 2010

Last summer, two fine Scottish bands were bought to my attention, whose work I have featured regularly here on 17 Seconds and who I hope to continue to do so. They are (like the heading at the top didn’t give it away!) White Heath and Mitchell Museum. White Heath are currently recording their debut with Jim Sutherland for release late this year or early next year; Mitchell Museum’s debut the Peters Port Memorial Service is out now.

This is the third time I have seen White Heath in the last six months and it is clear that they have grown considerably I confidence. Of all the albums I am looking forward to being released over the next six months, this is undoubtedly one of the top. Their audience is growing too (and if they’d like to shut up between songs, some of them, that’d be nice too!) It’s a year since their debut EP appeared and the songs have continued to evolve too. Songs from the EP like ‘Election Day’ and ‘7:38’ sit comfortably alongside new songs like ‘Gigi’ and the closing ‘Blue.’

Mitchell Museum‘s profile has also grown over the last year, and last month they were on the front cover of Scotland’s The Skinny magazine, which is a sign of making inroads on the music scene. They start with album opener ‘We Won 2nd Prize.’ They do a good gig, I just wish that singer Cammy didn’t seem so nervous. I realise that it’s easier to play the keyboards from behind them than in front (for fairly obvious reasons!) but he is a man with the mark of a natural frontman. Relax, bro.

You can also tell a lot about a band by the songs they cover – I sincerely hope that I will be able to get my hands on at least an mp3 of their cover of M.I.A.’s ‘paper Planes’ because it’s a fine reworking. It sits well with the songs from their debut such as the title track and singles like ‘Take The Tongue Out’ ‘Tigers Heartbeat’ and ‘Warning Bells.’

Immaterial that these guys are from Scotland (or Siberia, for all i care), they have produced some excellent stuff and I look forward to watching them continue to grow. Sometime soon, then, guys?

Mitchell Museum -‘Mission 1.’ mp3

White Heath -‘Gigi (17 seconds session).’ mp3

Album Review – Mitchell Museum


Mitchell Museum -‘The Peter’s Port Memorial Service’ (Electra French)

Over the last year, this awesome Glasgow four-piece have steadily been making more and more of a name for themselves. And deservedly so. Singles like ‘Tiger’s Heartbeat,’ ‘Take The Tongue Out’ and the recent ‘Warning Bells’ have shown that this is a band who have a way with a song that shows that anthemic does not have to mean anaemic, bland or flag waving, but killer tunes that will hopefully find their place on festival stages and indie discos for many years to come. And if there’s any justice, maybe daytime radio as well…

This album has been picking up some love across the blogosphere, quite rightly, and I will happily add myself to the ever-growing list of the album’s admirers. It’s not just the three aforementioned singles that grab you, but the whole album, which, particularly importantly in this day and age of people cherry-picking a handful of tracks on download services, works as a whole. Opener ‘We Won Second Prize’ feels like an overture for the show that’s about to unfold.

Though they hail from Glasgow, they don’t evoke a particularly scottish sound, it’s more evocative of the likes of prime Arcade Fire or Mercury Rev. But these guys are no copyists, they are ploughing their own furrow and one I am more than to follow.


Mitchell Museum -‘Mission 1.’ mp3

The Peter’s Port Memorial Service is released tomorrow on Electra French.

Mitchell Museum website/Mitchell Museum myspace

‘Warning Bells’ – mitchell museum from mitchell museum on Vimeo.

Take the Tongue Out Video from mitchell museum on Vimeo.

Mitchell Museum – the big time approaches


Having previously excited my interest quite considerably with last year’s ‘In the Bloodwind’ single and the ‘We lost first prize’ EP, Mitchell Museum are preparing to release their first album on July 12, entitled The Peters Port Memorial Service.

First up is the release of an excellent single entitled ‘Warning Bells,’ which was released yesterday. The band have had remixes done for this by the likes of We Were Promised Jetpacks, amongst five others and you can download all six remixes for free from their bandcamp page here. And you can even download the We Lost First Prize EP for free there, too.

And here’s the video…

Go and buy the single, and support a very deserving act.

A round up of some great new Scottish music


Just as it says on the tin, folks. The fact that I’m doing this together should not be taken as me trying to do the bands concerned down by featuring them together, but rather that I’m trying to spread the word.

X-Lion Tamer you almost certainly know by now. He did a session for Vic Galloway on Radio One the other night, including three of his own songs and a cover of ‘Starsign’ by Teenage Fanclub. Like all the best acts, the three songs of his own that Tony plays ‘I Sais Stop’ ‘Neon Hearts’ and ‘Life Support Machine’ are hugely diffreent to what they sound like on his EP. Peenko Blog are hosting it here:

X-Lion Tamer on Peenko blog

I’ve featured Mitchell Museum on here before. They are soon to release their debut album The Peters Port Memorial Service and are giving away some older stuff for free, six tracks in all, via their Bandcamp page. This six track EP is called ‘We Lost First Prize.’

Go here!

A few weeks ago, I mentioned Annie Stevenson, who have now made their demo available to download for free from their Last FM page. Four tracks in all, and very good it is too!

Annie Stevenson’s Last FM page

Galleries were also played on Vic Galloway the other night, and if you haven’t downloaded their free EP shame on you!

Go here

Oliver Stays are a new band formed from the ashes of Jocasta Sleeps, Drive-By Argument and Atlas Skye. They’ve only been together since November but their myspace shows that this is a band with promise, make sure you hear them now! Jim over at Aye Tunes is also championing them.

Oliver Stays’ myspace

The Kays Lavelle are soon to release their debut album – entitled Be Still This Gentle Morning – this track is available as a free download and it’s ace. One of my favourite tracks this year. As John Peel used to say, ‘this track fades in slowly.’

The Kays Lavelle -‘The Hours.’ mp3

Thanks due to Aye Tunes, Peenko and Song, By Toad for all keeping me on my toes when it comes to new scottish music!

Presenting…Mitchell Museum

Sooner or later, it all comes round again.

What, vinyl records?

Oh, you’re so 2004 and that’s if you ever stopped buying them, which if you read this blog regularly, you’ll know was not true of me.

But ace scots indie band Mitchell Museum are set to release their second single ‘Tiger Heartbeat’ on mp3 and…cassette single. Four limited editions of them, to be precise. I’ve heard great things about this band, particularly from matthew at Song, By Toad, so now it’s over to you…

and the video…